101 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners: Tip #12: Types of Fly Lines
101 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners: Tip #12: Types of Fly Lines Most of the lines that you’ll use for fly fishing will be made of nylon monofilament.
However, other lines are becoming just as popular such as lines that are (1) braided, (2) co-filament, or (3) fused. No matter what type of line you buy make sure that it’s a “premium” line.
Premium lines are more durable and even cheaper than lines. You’ll want to match the fishing line that you buy to the following criteria and conditions:
Strength: Strength is measured in the pounds of force that is needed to break the line. You’ll find that most lines will break at higher weights than they are sold at.
Resistance to Abrasion: When you’re fishing in areas where there are a lot of brushes or rocks, you’ll want to use a line that won’t break easily when it is constantly rubbed.
Line Diameter: The diameter of the line will affect the way the line is cast as well as how deep your lure will run. Diameter also has an affect on the visibility and stretching of the line. The thinner a line is the harder it will be for the bass to see it.
Thinner lines will also give some bait, such as grubs, a more realistic flowing action. The one good thing about lines with a thicker diameter is that they are better able to withstand abrasion.
Stretch Lines: Stretch lines won’t break as easily when they are being pulled by a fish. They are beneficial in letting you detect strikes as well as helping you in setting hooks.
Line Stiffness: The stiffness of the line is related to its stretch. The stiffer the line is the harder it will be to cast. The advantage to having a stiff line is that is more sensitive than flexible lines.
Line visibility: In clear water it’s important that your line is as invisible to the fish as possible. However, you’ll want to have a line that is highly visible when your fishing lures are on a subtle strike, such as worms, grubs, and jigs. This is so that you can easily detect any movement on the line that may indicate a fish is biting.
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